Based on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations, no shot was ever fired in anger by U.S. forces from Fort Independence. Indignant pictures from contained in the fort is one other story, nonetheless… One which Poe realized from studying a monument on the fort. It will later encourage him to write down “The Cask of Amontillado.”
“The Cask of Amontillado” could very effectively be probably the most flawless brief story in literature (and within the thoughts of some readers, Poe’s scariest). “The thousand accidents of Fortunato I had borne as I finest may, however when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge,” the narrator, Montresor, proclaims at first of the story. Poe served his vengeance with the proper wine.
Amontillado is a light-weight Spanish sherry. It goes down simple and is outwardly a treatment for an aggravated cough. In Poe’s brief story, it renders an oblivious sufferer liable to the well-planned revenge of the slighted storyteller. Montresor occurs to have a uncommon classic of Amontillado in a cellar beneath the household house. He leads Fortunato via the deep vaults, that are filled with the useless our bodies of the Montresor dynasty. As soon as in a secluded, forgotten spot, Montresor partitions his intoxicated competitor in a secret dungeon past the tombs. Fortunato remains to be alive when Montresor plasters the final stone into place within the dampness, and the darkness, of the catacombs.
This nightmarish state of affairs seems to have been impressed by actual occasions.
Whereas Poe was stationed on Fortress Island, he realized of a deadly duel which occurred beneath the fort on Christmas Day in 1817. The rumor held that Lt. Gustavus Drane killed Lt. Robert Massie in a sword match over a card sport. The bout was held inside the internal partitions of the fort. The bullying and bragging Drane had ignored repeated entreaties for a non-violent decision from the compatriots of the apparently well-liked fallen soldier.
Within the model Poe heard, Massie’s associates took revenge by getting Drane drunk and sealing him alive behind a wall within the fort. Drane seemingly vanished, by no means to be seen once more. Components of the story are true, the duel was confirmed, however data point out Lt. Drane lived to be promoted to captain and died on energetic obligation in 1846, lengthy after the date of his mythic homicide. Massie’s dying can be documented. He was buried on the fort the place Poe noticed the tombstone which fired his creativeness.